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Four vie for Creston School Board

Local school board elections are Sept. 10

Published: Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 11:06 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Aug. 16, 2013 12:33 p.m. CDT

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Four candidates are challenging for three spots on the Creston School Board. Newcomer Tom Eagan is challenging current board members Rich Flynn, Sharon Snodgrass and Galen Zumbach. Absentee ballots are available until Sept. 6. The election is slated for Sept. 10.

Tom Eagan worked as an electrician at Bunn-O-Matic for 19 years, then as a dispatcher at Central Iowa Power Cooperative for six years before becoming a self-employed electrician. He has been self-employed for seven years.

“I feel like I can contribute something,” said Eagan. “Just (want) to try to help out.”

Board member Rich Flynn has the most experience of the four candidates running. Flynn served on the board from 1999 to 2001, then in 2003 filled an empty position and remained on the board until 2006.

Sharon Snodgrass, Creston School Board president, and Galen Zumbach, Creston School Board vice president, both have extensive backgrounds in education.

Snodgrass has been a member of the board since May 2012, when she was appointed to the board after former board member Kevin Scadden resigned in April 2012.

Snodgrass has been part of Creston School District since 1970. She was associate to the prekindergarten program in 1970, then became secretary to the superintendent in 1971.

In 1972, Snodgrass began teaching, and taught until 2001. After teaching, she was principal and curriculum director of the Early Childhood Center.

Zumbach has been a member of the board for approximately two years, after former board member Tammy Kavanaugh chose not to run for re-election.

Zumbach graduated from Iowa State University and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree. He retired in 2010, after a 34-year stint teaching ag science and advising Future Farmers of America at Creston High School.

“I think I can make a difference in the instructional process and help move the school forward,” said Zumbach. “I think we’ve made some tremendous changes in a short amount of time, ... and I think that that is probably one of the more important things that I’ve been involved in.”

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